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Our student body is not only ethnically diverse, it is also boasts a variety of faith backgrounds.

Our student body is not only ethnically diverse, it is also boasts a variety of faith backgrounds.

Esterline, David

Director of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Theological Education Associate Professor of Cross-Cultural Education and Ministry

Contact David Esterline by email,, or at extension 6364.

David Esterline joined the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary in 1997 to direct the Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education programs. In 1999 he was elected to serve as Dean of the Faculty and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, a position he held until 2009. In 2004 he was named the James G. K. McClure Professor of Theological Education; in 2009 he was appointed Director of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Theological Education.

Before coming to McCormick, David taught New Testament and served as Academic Dean at the Pacific Theological College in Fiji, where he chaired the committee on accreditation for the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools. Prior to Fiji he taught New Testament at the Presbyterian Theological College in Cameroon. He was ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament by the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon in 1987.

David is chair of the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada; he has served as a member of the board of the Commission since 2006. He is a member of the Ecumenical Theological Education Executive / Accompaniment Group of the World Council of Churches. He served as a member of the international study group on theological education preparing for Edinburgh 2010 and was a delegate to the Edinburgh Centenary Conference in June 2010.

David’s research interests include issues of race and culture, power and privilege—especially as they relate to theological education and formation for ministry; the comparison of models of preparation for Christian ministry across faith traditions and cultural locations; and world Christianity. 

In 2006 David edited (with Ogbu Kalu) Shaping Beloved Community: Multicultural Theological Education (Westminster John Knox, 2006), a collection of essays written by members of the McCormick faculty. He has co-edited The Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity: Theological Perspectives, Regional Surveys, Ecumenical Trends (Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2010), an 800 page volume with contributions from 98 leaders in theological education from around the world.

David serves as Parish Associate at Park Presbyterian Church in Streator, Illinois, where the Rev. Jane Esterline is pastor. 

A.B., University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A., Oxford University, Trinity College
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

MPM 395: Racial Identity and White Privilege
MEd  401: Culturally Attentive Ministry
I 478 Seminar on Research Methods
B 324/325: Introduction to New Testament Greek
M 609: Culturally Attentive Pastoral Leadership

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